Eyesong

We meet blind Europeans from Barcelona to Saint Petersburg in this 2003 documentary. British professor John Hull, who lost his sight in adulthood, makes a convincing case that his world is not worse, just different: though he says being unable to see faces is “an absolute and irretrievable loss,” he also observes that “sight keeps you at a distance...you kiss when your eyes are closed.” Directors Mishka Popp and Thomas Bergmann make the familiar point that blindness intensifies other sensory experiences; the pedestrian imagery of landscapes and cityscapes leaves it to the sound track to convey the message. In English and subtitled German, Spanish, Polish, and Russian. 90 min.

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